snow. >> tomblast, they are calling it the storm of the century. thousands of miles wild and a million people in the wake. plus, the deep freeze. dangerous life threatening conditions across a dozen states. are you among the millions right in the middle of it. and on ocean of protesters flood cairo and the u.s. intervenes.
the president makes an announ announceme announcement. christiane amanpour is on the streets. good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin with a storm so big, it's dif to grasp. forecasters say 100 million people would be hit. that is one-third of the nation's population. in dallas, it closed schools. in chicago, it closed major arteries. in oklahoma, a notice on a website that said, due to extreme weather conditions, the paper was delivered but it's buried by snow. here is more. >> reporter: the great blizzard has begun. the storm is one for the ages.
so big, you can see it from space. a true monster, stretching from the southwest across the middle of the country and up in new england. warnings in nine states. what gives you the best sense of the scope of it? >> when you see it from space, satellite images show it's huge. when you see it from above, gorgeo gorgeous. when you are below it, a real problem. >> reporter: it fell so fast, more than two inches an hour, plows couldn't keep it. and winds made it worse according to ryan owens. >> it's not just the show but the howling winds. winds inexcess of 60 miles an
hour creating white out conditions and a windchill of 30 degrees below zero. >> reporter: in tulsa, the heaviest snowfall in history. and "tulsa world" announced it will not print tomorrow. by tomorrow, the monster will have sored to the mid ws. >> i have to expect weather like this. you got grin and bear it. it's a fun challenge. >> it's biting. it's making me numb and having a hards time talking. my lips route now are numb. >> reporter: the leading edge of the blizzard arrived just in time for the evening rush hour. late tonight traffic was inching along lake shore drive. >> every chicago resident should brace for a storm that will
remembered for a long time. >> reporter: a storm expected to drop at least 20 inches of snow on the city. wind gusts could top 60 miles an hour. and chicago deployed its entire snow fighting team, 400 plows and trucks. >> washington park a stalled motorist. >> reporter: they track the storm live from 1,000 cameras, gps in the streets. >> if you find a trouble spot or they take a call on an action on lake shore drive, and there is a camera, we are pop on the camera, and tell the driver, we need two tow trucks. >> reporter: they had rescues along the interstate, 500 national guardsmen stood by to
restrooef stra retrieved standed most ris. the airlines today canceled 6,000 flights. a flight trying to get in from washington, american airlines, got this bad news. >> good luck getting out tonight. i doubt it there. >> we are done. they canceled us, sitting here two days. >> reporter: to the south and east, the culprit is ice. in minneapolis, the ice was a quarter inch thick accompanied by freezing rain, blowing snow and gusting winds as barbara pinto reports. >> reporter: here in minneapolis, you can hear the sleet coming down and it's covering something more tresh
rouse. a layer of ice thick enough to skate on. >> reporter: in indiana, they warned of catastrophic conditions as the ice weighed on the trees. >> we would rather have 15 inches of snow than 2 inches of ice. >> reporter: and headed to new england. will it drop snow and ice and sleep. >> there so much snow in the boston area. they running out of space. they are bringing it to a snow farm where they are stacking it. and at logan airport, they have permission to blow some of the snow into the boston harbor. >> reporter: if there is a silver lining, to the storm clouds, they may be several week guys. >> don't be surprise if february turns warm. it wouldn't shock me if it's 80
in dallas before february is over. over the next week to ten days, it's going to be very cold. >> reporter: so at least we have something to look forward to as hard as that seems tonight in the thick of hellish storm. >> thanks to chris and a team of roerts. not everyone is swept up. forecast for the friends in miami tomorrow a beautiful 82 degrees. up next, another historical storm. this one, a political storm rolling through egypt. protesters react to a shocking announcement by the deeply unpopular president. as a kid, i couldn't wait to skate on that ice. what was i thinking? but i was still skating on thin ice with my cholesterol. anyone with high cholesterol may be at increased risk of heart attack. diet and exercise weren't enough for me.
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on the eighth day of protest in egypt, president obama had a talk with president mubarak. president obama told the egyptian leader that an orderly transition cannot be prolonged. it must begin now. that was after mubarak announced he would not seek re-election. christiane amanpour is on the ground. >> reporter: very few people thought a week ago that
president mubarak would offer these con sengss, professions to lift the state of emergency and reform the election law. but is it enough for the people? they can see the end in sight. it's very unclear whether they will let him finish his term. this was the scene on cairo's square after president mubarak announced after 30 years after one-man rule, he was ready to leave office. i never asked to be a dictator, he said, and i will not be dominating myself for a new term for i have served egypt long enough though, the crowd became defiant again when mubarak said he was going stay on for a few
more months to ensure law and order, to reform the constitution and the election process. president obama had this to see. >> the people of egypt, the young people of egypt, i want to be clear, we hear your voices. i have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny. >> reporter: it was the close of another extraordinary day in egypt. here was a crowd of 150 people demonstrating for mubarak. these are the regime supporters, afraid of losing everything, the president they have known for 30 years, afraid their country would descend into chaos.
i was caught up and practically pin to the all as they supported the president. tell me why are you hear today? >> we want him to be the president forever. >> reporter: it's a strange mix of emotions today. >> i am happy. >> reporter: here, mubarak's people embrace the soldiers. and down the road, the entrance to liberation square, mubarak works with the military as well. volunteers help with security. they check i.d.s for what organizer organizered what would be a million person march. >> why are the separating?
>> the women and men check. like the airport. >> reporter: what you are checking for? >> bombing. >> reporter: this has been nonstop all day. it's certainly the biggest protest this city has seen since they began a week ago. this is more like a block party than angry demonstration. people holding signs. people who wanted to talk to tell us their hopes and dreams. do you think he did anything good for egypt? >> yes, he did. he is a tragic figure. he started out honorable, good and well. and then at the end, his concentration of power, his grip on power, it's bringing this country down. >> reporter: and of course the looming question for everyone in egypt, when mubarak leaves what comes next? >> it's very confusing and it's
also -- we really want to see someone from the opposition come out and take an opportunity to show the people. the people want a voice now. >> reporter: as darkness fell, groups were singing songs and venders were selling balloons. a sign of celebration here. the mood is hopeful but cautiously so. we found so many people that are jubilant and are confused and asked us what we thought is going to happen. what do you want to see? >> corruption is everywhere in egypt. he would like new government, free parliament. >> reporter: television cameras show the biggest crowds we have seen in a week of protest. it was impossible to count how many there were, but the protesters wants us to tell
people outside egypt how real it is, how big a crowd. what is your worry? >> that the government is not takes it seriously. they are not aware of the situation. they are pretending they are wash it away and hook up a story. >> reporter: they were angry with the state television were under playing the size of the crowd. >> the media is telling people there are only 20,000 when there are not less than 1 million. >> reporter: it's packed here. it's really tough to get out of the crowd. and every time we try to take a picture there are people shouting. people who want to talk to you. they are shouting, "leave, leave." and tonight, they got what they
are asking for. mubarak said he will leave. and in this ancient place there is a sense the future will be made not in washington or in the president palace but by the people of egypt. >> christiane amanpour joins us tonight. i know they have blocked the internet for days but viewers have been anxious to ask you questions. one viewer poses a question, what has changed so much in this part of the world recently? why here, why now? >> listen, we have all been wondering what the tipping point would be in this part of the world. the arab muslim world is the last block in the world that has not gone democratic and many people wonder when and why. it took people to shake up fear
in tunisia a week ago to start this domino effect now. and that is what we see. fear shaken off in tunisia and it's working. they are forcing concessions. >> a second question coming from carol in omaha, nebraska. she is asking about the tactics of the protesters. why harm people and buildings? why not call for a special election? >> reporter: that is a good question. there were pitch battles on the street. the police and the security forces charged the protesters with batons and rifles. some 300 people have been killed and some 3,000 wounded. that was a time when the protesters and others reacted
with burning and looting. as soon as the government pulled back the police and put the military on the street, the atmosphere has changed. there is no violence. the relationship is peaceful and friendly. >> thank you. viewers with questions are invited to visit our website, abcnews.com/night line. when we come back, we go back in the blizzard to bring you the most hair raising videos from across the country from today's storm. [ female announcer ] women move the world. move our families forward. move us all to a better place. and caltrate moves us. caltrate knows 80% of us don't get the calcium we need. and when we don't, our bodies steal it from our bones. caltrate helps put it back. with 1200 mg of calcium and 800 iu of vitamin d.
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weather now. say what you will about the snow. and there is plenty of bad things to say about it. tonight, it can generate fun from skiing to no angels and landscapes of pure white. we wanted to show some of the zanyest with you. it's a sign of the times. >> i don't know if you guys see this [ bleep ]. look at this [ bleep ]. >> reporter: admit it. he is saying what you are thinking. >> i hate new england. i hate it. >> reporter: but this youtube user's sentiment summed it up.
and we use social media to vent or show up. we grabbed the family will and flipped out out of the bad weather. maybe they can dive into a four-foot oklahoma snow drift. but if it has it burning mad like this, you throwdown matches and friction from the shovel, you have a flame. >> this is hot water. >> it brought out the scientists. >> that is how cold it is. make it snow. >> amateur weather man. >> the snow rates are going to increase a lot more than that. >> the amateur builder. these guys made a two-story igloo with a spiral staircase.